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Rostislav Klesla passes on joining Sabres organization following trade

Mar 8, 2014, 7:39 PM EDT

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In two days, defenseman Rostislav Klesla was shipped from the Phoenix Coyotes to the Washington Capitals and then from the Capitals to the Buffalo Sabres. Apparently he’ll pass on being a member of the Sabres organization.

TSN’s Darren Dreger shared his quotes on Saturday, as it appears that he’ll essentially (maybe temporarily?) retire from the NHL rather than completing his assignment with Buffalo. He indicated that he’ll play in an overseas league instead, although maybe starting in 2014-15.

“With all due respect to the Sabres organization, I decided this week not to continue playing hockey this season,” Klesla said. “It has been a tough year for injury and moving several times to new teams. I will now take some time off and get ready to continue my career in Europe …”

Klesla was packaged with Chris Brown and a fourth-rounder in the Erat trade and then with Michal Neuvirth in the swap that sent Jaroslav Halak to Washington. It doesn’t sound like there will be any draft pick-related issues for Klesla, 31, declining to show up for the Sabres organization.

It has indeed been a tough season for the veteran blueliner. He’s been swapped back and forth from the AHL to the NHL and suffered a concussion from a questionable hit by Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan (who, by the way, is Sabres coach Ted Nolan’s son).

Apparently this latest move was the last straw for “Rusty.”

  1. strictlythedanks - Mar 8, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Thanks but no thanks buffalo


  2. miket333 - Mar 8, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Who cares. Buffalo will be deep on D next season with Zadorov and Ristolainen in the lineup.

  3. bwayblueshirt - Mar 8, 2014 at 8:08 PM



  4. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 8, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Who can blame him.

  5. flyboystransport - Mar 8, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Yeah lets not honor your contract. Here’s an idea play better and maybe you wont get traded….

  6. channelguy - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    It’s not a big deal.

    1) Sabres didn’t want him. He was included in the trade for cap reasons to balance off Halak’s salary. That’s the key point.

    2) He’s a UFA anyway, so it only affects the rest of the season.

    3) Buffalo won’t have to pay him because he didn’t report.

  7. flash8910 - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Meanwhile, sabers management are high-fiving each other.

  8. cantescapekarma - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    So the trade ends up being Halak and a 3rd eound pick for Neuvirth? Not sure that seems right… It’d be better if the trade was just player for player with Klesla not showing up. I mean Klesla did not matter to the Buffalo Sabres team, but it hurts Rochester, especially with the injuries to 3 Sabre players in the last game and emergency call ups from Rochester due to the injuries. Plus the trade of McNabb, one of their best defenseman. Klesla was acquired to be a steady veteran defenseman for the Rochester Americans and their playoff run after trading Brayden McNabb.

    • billsin20xx - Mar 9, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      I’ll bet it ends up complicated but the Sabres should complain to the league he never reported and something will change in the trade, then probably the Caps will have the right to complain about their trade..
      I wonder if anyone gets stuck with any salary cap issues over this too.

  9. greatmiamisportsmind - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    I’m gonna take my puck and go back home to Europe.

  10. ecnc30 - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Good choice! 30th place loser, going nowhere team not the place to be.

  11. withseidelinn - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    I thought this guy was good..

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